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Hilldale’s Cockrell no-hits Detroit Stars, 106 years ago today

Phil Cockrell
Phil Cockrell, pictured here, and Nap Rucker, above, threw no-hitters on this date.
Hilldale’s Phil Cockrell threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter, 106 years ago today.

On September 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Cockrell no-hit the Detroit Stars for a 3-0 win. He followed that up with another no-no less than a year after, no-hitting the Chicago American Giants for a 5-0 win on Saturday, August 19, 1922.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Brooklyn Superbas’ George Napoleon “Nap” Rucker. On September 5, 1908, during the second game of a Saturday doubleheader at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Rucker no-hit the Boston Doves for a 6-0 win.

Detroit Stars’ Gatewood throws first Negro National League no-no, 96 years ago today

billgatewoodThe Detroit Stars’ Bill Gatewood threw the first Negro National League no-hitter, 96 years ago today.

On Monday, June 6, 1921, Gatewood no-hit the Cincinnati Cubans for a 4-0 win. It was his second of two documented no-hitters. On Saturday, May 13, 1916, while pitching for the St. Louis Giants, Gatewood through a no-no against the Cuban Stars for a 4-1 win.

Hilldale’s Cockrell no-hits Detroit Stars, 105 years ago today

Phil Cockrell
Phil Cockrell, pictured here, and Nap Rucker, above, threw no-hitters on this date.
Hilldale’s Phil Cockrell threw a Negro Leagues no-hitter, 105 years ago today.

On September 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Cockrell no-hit the Detroit Stars for a 3-0 win.He followed that up with another no-no less than a year alter, no-hitting the Chicago American Giants for a 5-0 win on Saturday, August 19, 1922.

Also throwing a no-hitter on this date is the Brooklyn Superbas’ George Napoleon “Nap” Rucker. On September 5, 1908, during the second game of a Saturday doubleheader at Brooklyn’s Washington Park, Rucker no-hit the Boston Doves for a 6-0 win.

Hilldale’s Phil Cockrell threw his 2nd Negro Leagues no-no, 94 years ago today

Phil CockrellPhil Cockrell threw the second of his no-hitters for Hilldale, 94 years ago today.

On Saturday, August 19, 1922, Cockrell no-hit the Chicago American Giants for a 5-0 win.

His first no-hitter came during on September 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader against the Detroit Stars. Hilldale won 3-0.

Happy birthday Hilldale no-no thrower Phil Cockrell

philcockrellToday would be the 121st birthday of Negro Leagues pitcher Phil Cockrell, who threw two documented no-hitters for Darby, Pennsylvania-based Hilldale in the 1920s.

On Sept. 5, 1921, during the second game of a Monday doubleheader, Cockrell no-hit the Detroit Stars for a 3-0 win. On Saturday, August 19, 1922, Cockrell followed that gem with a 5-0 no-hitter over the Chicago American Giants.

Cockrell, who was born in Augusta, Georgia, on July 9, 1895, later umpired and lived in Philadelphia after his baseball career. He was gunned down while walking out of a Philadelphia a bar on March 31, 1951, by a jealous husband in a case of mistaken identity.

Four no-hitters on this date

Larry Corcoran
Larry Corcoran
Two major league no-hitters and two Negro Leagues no-nos were thrown on this date.

On Friday, June 27, 1884, Larry Corcoran of the NL Chicago White Stockings threw his third no-no, dominating the Providence Grays for a 6-0 win at Lake Front Park.

Ninety-four years ago today, on Tuesday, June 27, 1922, the Detroit Stars’ Bill Force no-hit the St. Louis Giants for a 3-0 win. And 75 years ago today, on Friday, June 27, 1941, the St. Louis Stars’ Gene Smith no-hit the New York Black Yankees for a 6-1 win.

And on Friday, June 27, 1980, 36 years ago today, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jerry Reuss threw an 8-0 no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants at Candlestick Park.

Detroit Stars’ Gatewood throws first Negro National League no-no, 95 years ago today

billgatewoodThe Detroit Stars’ Bill Gatewood threw the first Negro National League no-hitter, 95 years ago today.

On Monday, June 6, 1921, Gatewood no-hit the Cincinnati Cubans for a 4-0 win. It was his second of two documented no-hitters. On Saturday, May 13, 1916, while pitching for the St. Louis Giants, Gatewood through a no-no against the Cuban Stars for a 4-1 win.

Happy birthday to Hall of Famer Andy Cooper

Andy Cooper
Andy Cooper
Today would be the 120th birthday of Andy Cooper, who threw a Negro National League no-hitter for the Detroit Stars in 1925.

On Sunday, June 28, 1925, during the second game of a Sunday doubleheader, Cooper no-hit the Indianapolis ABCs for a 1-0 win.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound southpaw from Waco, Texas, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006.